Job Search: My best kept secret

I am a wealth of knowledge when it comes to job searching. Every now and then, my friends reach out to me asking about how to find a new job. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I traded in my first full-time job for a role in the big Apple. My first job search required a lot of initial soul searching on my part. I dug through plenty of job descriptions trying to find an industry and role that suited my skills and interests. Eventually, I stumbled upon a few roles in fashion that suited my interests, but it still took a lot of time to finally land a new job.

How did I do it? I used whatever resources I had on hand. As I realized it wasn’t as easy as I expected, I reached out to a recruiter I knew well. I asked her what she thought of my resume and how to get an interview. Her advice? LinkedIn.

The average job search takes 6 months to 1 year, so you can bet that applying blindly online won’t get your foot in the door. Connections make the world go round, so LinkedIn is a very powerful tool to search through companies and job posts for which you may have a connection to.

What next? Dust off your resume and update your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to add any connections you’ve made since you have last updated your profile. As you search for companies and jobs, take a note where you have a 1st or 2nd connection who may be able to tell you more about the company, the role, or introduce you to the hiring manager.

When all else fails, you can even sign up for a premium account to gain more insights into your job search and how your resume stacks up against others. LinkedIn will be your friend throughout this process.

Have you used LinkedIn or connections to find a job? What has worked for you? Feel free to share in the comments! I love hearing what has worked for other professionals out there. You never know when you need a good tip.

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